Could we be any more excited? One of the most popular television shows of all time, Friends debuted on Sept. 22, 1994 as part of NBC's Thursday night "Must See TV" lineup. Created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman, Friends starred Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer. After ten seasons, the series finale aired on May 6, 2004 and was watched by 52.5 million viewers in the U.S. - it's the most-watched TV episode of the 2000s.
From the iconic Central Perk set to limited edition home furnishings, read on for the best places in LA to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Friends.
Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood
For Friends fans, there's no better place in the world to visit than the Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood. Guests are invited to hang out on the actual Central Perk set, take selfies, and relive your favorite moments from Friends, from everyone's favorite barista, Gunther, to Phoebe’s performance of "Smelly Cat."
During the show's original run, the Central Perk set was situated first inside Soundstage 5 and then inside Soundstage 24. When Friends went off the air in 2004, its sets were dismantled and put into storage. The Central Perk set was reconstructed inside a small room in the Warner Bros. Property Department and was included on the studio tour. It proved so popular that it was later relocated to the Stage 48: Script to Screen exhibit.
At the Central Perk Café, you can grab a cup of your favorite blend and buy a bag of authentic Central Perk Café coffee beans to enjoy at home. Choose from a selection of gourmet sandwiches, salads, grilled cheese, hot dogs, and freshly baked pizza from the Central Perk kitchen. Save room for dessert - custom-made cupcakes, cookies, and more.
Kick off the holiday season this November with Friendsgiving, an exclusive fan event that includes the original Fountain from the show’s opening credits at its new home at the Studio Tour. Lucky ticket holders will get an exclusive Friends-focused 90-minute tour through the Studio backlots highlighting filming locations where the show took place. Grab a colorful umbrella and recreate the show’s opening credits while singing and dancing with your friends in front of the original Friends fountain. After the tour, you will “pivot” once again to arrive at the Studio’s Commissary Fine Dining room, where the cast often dined during the show's original run. The holiday-themed meal includes turkey, ham, vegan/gluten-free options, and all the fixings. (Whether Ross’s “Moist Maker” sandwich is on the menu is still being decided.) Themed drinks, beer and wine will be available for purchase.
NOTE: November dates for Friendsgiving are currently sold out, stay tuned for updates!
Central Perk Orange Couch - OUE Skyspace (through Sept. 22)
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Friends, replicas of the famous Central Perk orange couch (the original was "discovered" in a basement at Warner Bros. Studio) is popping up at global landmarks, including OUE Skyspace in Downtown LA, the Empire State Building, Jackson Square (New Orleans), and The London Eye. The couch will only be at OUE Skyspace until September 22, so don't sleep on this photo op!
Fathom Events - The One With The Anniversary (Sept. 23, Sept. 28, Oct. 2)
Friends is coming to the big screen for the first time ever! Presented by Fathom Events, key episodes will be screening at Regal L.A. LIVE 14, TCL Chinese Theatre, and Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza. Be sure to get to the theatre early to see special bonus content.
- Night One: The One Where Monica Gets a Roommate, The One with the Blackout, The One With The Birth, The One Where Ross Finds Out
- Night Two: The One With the Prom Video, The One Where No One's Ready, The One The Morning After, The One With The Embryos
- Night Three: The One With Chandler In A Box, The One With Ross's Wedding Part 2, The One Where Everyone Finds Out, The One Where Ross Got High
Stop by Regal L.A. LIVE 14 or TCL Chinese Theatre after September 16 and get a photo with your friends on a replica of the Central Perk couch.
Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) famously hated Pottery Barn, which represented "everything that is wrong with the world!" Which makes it all the more fun that Pottery Barn is offering Friends-themed home furnishings. Limited edition items include a Central Perk Travel Mug, You're My Lobster Mug, tea towels, and yes an Apothecary Coffee Table.
How YOU juicin'? For a limited time, Kreation Juice is offering a six-pack of Friends-inspired tonic shots:
- The Monica - "Energy"
- The Ross - "Probiotic"
- The Phoebe - "Vitamin C"
- The Rachel - "Super Green"
- The Joey - "Sexy"
- The Chandler - "Mood"
Located at Japanese Village Plaza in Little Tokyo, Japangeles was founded by LA native Roy Kuroyanagi. Japangeles has garnered a cult following for its streetwear, which features a unique mashup of Japanese culture and Los Angeles lifestyle. On its Instagram feed, Japangeles teased a Friends-inspired logo with red, yellow and blue origami cranes instead of the familiar colored dots. Japangeles doesn't have an online store, so check in on IG for more info on this upcoming release.